Washburn University Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Washburn University (WU) is a public university in Topeka, Kansas. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional programs in law and business. Washburn has 550 faculty members, who teach more than 6,100 undergraduate students and nearly 800 graduate students. The university's assets include a $158 million endowment.

A student commented this in a review "Kandace mars: total liar. Richard Liedtke: corrupt adminstrator at Washburn University who claimed I was harassing his financial aid department. Completely false.

The Chief of Police there threatened me with trespassing charges before I was suspended. I filed a police report about this. I just emailed the city prosecutor today about an incident where the Washburn Campus Police arrested me at the Topeka Public Library. I wish someone would have warned me about the place. They ultimately did me a favor though, wouldn't want my name anywhere near theirs on a degree."


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Current Employee - Building Manager says

"I have been working at Washburn University part-time for more than a year Cons: The entire job experience is unsafe working conditions with a boss that continuously ignores the complaints and concerns of her employees. Very little is done to make arrangements to help employees solve issues. When Workers speak to the boss, the issues are blown off and ignored. The boss continuously lies to the employees about scope of work as well as the pay of the work."

Current Employee - Associate Professor says

"I have been working at Washburn University full-time Cons: Administration is heavy handed and cares little for faculty; was there for 10 years and more than half we weere on a salary freeze because of budget issues but llts of impressive building going onon campus with the explanation that these are different budgets; true but pathetic morale"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Washburn University full-time Cons: Too much drama among the high-rank staff. President had really bad relations with the VP, who was fired even though she was supposed to be an A+ professional, then another came along to do the damage control, but wasn't very successful. Professors are badly paid in the humanities. A person in marketing makes much more money than a professor teaching 4 classes. They don't value educators as much as they say, there is a culture of "don't push students too hard, a C grade is good enough, you should market yourself (as in be "popular") among students if you want to keep your job." Student Evaluations weigh more than excellent performance. There are no peer-evaluations or supervisor evaluations that give you feedback. Several excellent assistant professors quit or got fired in a term of 5-6 years when you are supposed to point towards tenure, but the toxic environment is just too much. Lots of politics and favoritism, junior faculty is mostly ignored during university meetings. It's a culture of cliques, a very isolating environment for young faculty members. Not as family friendly as they claimed to be during the hiring process."


"I have been working at Washburn University for less than a year Cons: Poor evaluation methods Separation of fields in science"


"I have been working at Washburn University Cons: too political, no diversity, too many meetings, inconsistency"

Current Employee - First-Generation Recruitment and Retention Specialist says

"I have been working at Washburn University full-time Cons: Pay NOT very competitive. No upward mobility."

Current Employee - Lecturer says

"I have been working at Washburn University full-time for more than a year Cons: pay, stability, commuter school, sports-centric"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Washburn University full-time for more than 5 years Cons: The “WU Way” is a phrase that is used both as a justification and an excuse. The University sometimes gets in its own way because upper management and academics alike refuse to try new things or improve on existing procedures."

Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor says

"I have been working at Washburn University part-time for less than a year Cons: Lowest pay for adjunct work that I have encountered."

Information Systems Coordinator says

"I worked at Washburn University for more than 3 years Cons: With the Hosted environment, once installed and functioning, there was very little IT work necessary going forward. I really wasn't interested in selling computers, I want to work in IT systems that challenge my skills and work"

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